Book Review : The McCarran Collection
By Liz Adair
Bridget Olasfson, a beautiful archivist hiding secrets, comes to Utah’s brilliant red rock country to catalog the McCarran Collection. Though she’s sworn off men in her life, she’s attracted to Ben, the bad-boy, off-road racing McCarran cousin. But it’s Lew McCarran, the tall, quiet cousin, she turns to when she finds herself caught up in a dangerous intrigue involving a lost boy, a drug cartel, and death. What will she do when the only way to save the boy is to give up the man she loves?
Part romance, part cozy mystery, part thriller, The McCarran Collection is, last of all, a novel about family ties.
From InD’Tale Magazine (four star review):
When archivist Bridget Olafson’s marriage crumbles in divorce after the death of her young son, she struggles to find something to live for. When an opportunity to catalogue an extensive wealth of historical family papers in the beautiful red rock country of Southern Utah [presents itself], she jumps at the chance. She finds that all is not as clear cut as she thought, however, and is soon thrown into a dangerous game waged between a lethal drug cartel, a famous race car driver, and an orphan boy who knows too much. In trying to unravel the mystery that might save the boy’s life, Bridget finds an ally in the lest likely of the McCarran men. But will she once again lose the man she is growing to love to save the boy she needs?
Liz Adair’s latest is an engaging, suspenseful mystery—as well as a love story written to the beauty of nature in a little known area of the southwest. Ms. Adair deftly weaves the threads of intrigue while successfully tying in a believable love story.
(Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
The McCarran Collection was a step above the other romance stories I have recently read. I was particularly interested in the background story because I enjoy learning about ancestors and I’m familiar with Kanab.
One of the strongest ties was between Bridget and Diego. I liked how the mystery of his religious vision is accepted as unexplainable, but still accepted. I have yet to meet a 10 year old boy as charming as Diego, and I’ve known a lot of cute young boys. He is old for his years, but that could be explained by the responsibilities he would have had growing up in Mexico.
One of the things that threw me off was Bridget’s initial attraction to Ben and then he quickly died. I was glad to not have to read a love triangle, but it seemed like an odd choice since the summary seems to emphasis the bad-boy Ben. Another odd choice was the how the loose ends tied up with the connections between the McCarran’s, Lark, TJ and Sonny. I think a stronger novel has more ambiguity, but still a satisfying ending.
There are a few steamy kisses, but not over the top. This would be considered a clean, Christian romance and a cosy mystery.
3 out of 5 stars
If you liked this one you might want to try the Josie Kilpack series starting with Lemon Tart. Kilpack never lets things get too steamy.